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Wuhan Virus Watch: California Gov. Newsom Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Wuhan Virus Watch: California Gov. Newsom Issues Stay-at-Home Order

State Department advised Americans to avoid international travel.

Next week my plans were to sit on a beach in Fiji, drink rum cocktails, and read fantasy novels.

Needless to say, one of the victims of the pandemic was my tropical vacation.

The State Department advised United States citizens on Thursday to avoid all international travel due to the outbreak of coronavirus around the globe, urging Americans abroad to arrange for an “immediate return” to the U.S. unless they plan to stay out of the country for “an indefinite period.”

Fox News reported early Thursday that the State Department would raise its global travel advisory to a Level 4, “Do Not Travel,” which is the most severe warning on State’s advisory scale. The department made it official later in the afternoon.

“The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the State Department said in a statement. “In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide stay-at-home order to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

It looks like I am getting a stay-cation instead.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide stay-at-home order to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Californians must do what is necessary to meet this moment and help bend the curve,” Newsom said during a late afternoon briefing.

At least drinking rum cocktails and reading fantasy novels are still allowed!

Spike in US coronavirus cases as the number of tests performed increases

As I predicted, once the high throughput testing for the Wuhan Coronavirus was put in place, we would see a “spike” in diagnosed cases….which would merely be a function of completing work on the backlog and being able to process the first new ones quickly.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. has seen a 534 percent spike in just a week’s time as the amount of COVID-19 testing kits become more widely available across the country. According to Johns Hopkins University data, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. hit over 10,000 cases on Thursday, compared to the 1,694 illnesses recorded by March 12.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced further steps to expand testing capacity, which officials have warned will result in more positive cases in the coming days.

In a new bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, Los Angeles County officials on Thursday announced a new order that requires all indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds and non-essential retail businesses to close and prohibits gathering in enclosed spaces of more than 10 people.

“We know this will have an impact on the social fabric of our communities. We still encourage individuals to stay connected to their community and their loved ones in creative ways, and to spend much-needed time outdoors,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger said in a statement. “We won’t have to maintain these restrictions forever, and they will have an invaluable long-term impact.”

Florida is Shutting Down For Spring Break

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Spring Break is officially over.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced that he’s putting an end to spring break revelry in his state with the coronavirus pandemic growing in the country.

In an interview on Thursday with Fox & Friends, DeSantis was asked if state beaches will be closing in light of vacationers who are adamant about going out and partying in public despite the crisis.

“The message I think for spring breakers is the party is over in Florida,” DeSantis said. “You’re not going to be able to congregate on any beach in the state. Many of the hot spots that people like to go to, whether it’s Miami beach, Fort Lauderdale and Clearwater Beach are closed entirely for the time being…We would tell those folks maybe come back next year when things are better, but that is not what we’re looking for.”

Italy surpasses China in number of coronavirus deaths

Only a few short weeks ago, Italians were being encouraged to hug Chinese visitors. Now, the number killed by COVID-19 has exceeded that of China.

The number of deaths in Italy reached 3,405 on Thursday, the Italian Civil Protection Agency said at a news conference — 156 more than China’s toll, which, according to Johns Hopkins University, stands at 3,249.

The total number of cases in Italy rose to 41,035 with 5,322 new cases, officials added.

The grim figure comes hours after China marked a major milestone in the battle to limit the spread, reporting no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time since the pandemic began.

A study of the fatalities showed that more than 99% of Italy’s victims were people who suffered from a previous medical condition.

A drug produced in Poland helps treat coronavirus

It’s a good thing President Donald Trump has enhanced our relationship with Poland, as we will soon be needing to diversify our supply chain.

The drug, Arachin, contains chloroquine, the drug featured by Trump during his most press briefing.

The Polish council responsible for recommending drugs for treatment of specific illnesses approved Arachin on March 13 for use on coronavirus patients nationwide. The drug is produced by Adamed Pharma.

The drug contains chloroquine (chloroquini phosphas), originally prescribed for treating malaria and rheumatic fever, which testing has shown is also useful for treating the coronavirus family of viruses.

The Polish health authorities said they made their decision to approve the drug based on clinical evidence.

Coronavirus dunks a number of NBA players

COVID-19 is impacting athletes, and it appears the NBA is the hardest hit.

The most recent batch of positive tests came on Thursday from the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets. The Lakers reportedly had two players test positive for COVID-19, while the 76ers confirmed that three members of the organization have the coronavirus, with all other test results coming back negative. The Nuggets announced one positive test result from their organization, bringing the NBA total to 13 individuals from six different teams.

On Tuesday, we learned of four players who have tested positive for the illness — all members of the Brooklyn Nets, including former MVP Kevin Durant. The star forward has not played this season due to a torn Achilles tendon, and was already not planning to return even if things get pushed back late into the summer.


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Does this apply to the illegals and released prisoners? Are we finally going to close the border and quarantine the sanctuary city politicians in the empty prisons.

A cousin with a nursing background sent me a link to a study paper saying that:

1) There is evidence the virus may cause digestive system symptoms before, in addition to, or instead of respiratory problems, such as diarrhea and belly discomfort.
2) Babies have extremely high melatonin levels, which decline drastically in the elderly. The younger a sufferer is the less likelihood of death; the older one is the likelihood is more.
3) One of the primary inflammosomes caused by the virus responds to melatonin.

Be aware that the scientific terminology in the article is very technical but it’s easy to read through the more opaque portions and understand what the author is saying. She suggested taking melatonin before bed so I’m getting into the 5mg melatonin tabs The Bride has in the bathroom cabinet. Why not? Can’t hurt.

    Squires in reply to DSHornet. | March 20, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Make sure to read the label. Taking melatonin supplements regularly for too long will result in your body reducing its own production.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to DSHornet. | March 20, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Whatever. I guess if you want to knock yourself out if your infected go ahead and take the massive doses of melatonin (and ascorbic acid) that blog post suggests. At least at that point you’ll be unconscious when you die.

UnCivilServant | March 20, 2020 at 8:11 am

Italy surpasses China in number of coronavirus deaths

If and only if you bleieve China’s official numbers. All the evidence says China has been lying since November.

How can this possibly be enforced statewide?

    I’m interpreting this “stay home” order as “don’t go to work”. I’ve been training for a half-marathon (now cancelled) and I intend to continue to run on the roads.

    They can’t just shut down the CA economy for months at a time without destroying it. I put this on the “if even one life is saved it was worth it” list of banal nonsense. Life is full of trade-offs and some are not pleasant.

      McGehee in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 20, 2020 at 10:26 am

      They can’t just shut down the CA economy for months at a time without destroying it.

      Who in New Pyongyang, capital of the House Arrest State, would fail to see that as a feature?

It’s time that people started asking these petty tyrants, “By what authority do you order me to stay at home and what are you going to do about it if I chose not to?”

    NotCoach in reply to snopercod. | March 20, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Exactly. They gonna impose actual marshal law and start shooting people over what is essentially a flu virus?

    amwick in reply to snopercod. | March 20, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Look at that town in Illinois, Champagen and what the mayor did there. SMH… I keep expecting this to be challenged.

      DSHornet in reply to amwick. | March 20, 2020 at 9:28 am

      Champaign is a college town, home of the University of Illinois, so it’s no surprise they have a mayor and council that would do this. I was stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, fifteen miles to the north, a long time ago. Urbana is adjacent to Champaign. There are other towns in the area. They might see some increased sales if the idjits in Champaign go this route.

      Did you read the part about allowing sale of gasoline only for a vehicle fuel tank? So much for buying fuel for your generator.

        Joe-dallas in reply to DSHornet. | March 20, 2020 at 9:46 am

        “Did you read the part about allowing sale of gasoline only for a vehicle fuel tank? So much for buying fuel for your generator.”

        As a teenager growing up during the two 1970’s era arab oil embargo’s, learning how to siphon gas was an important skill. You can now buy hoses with pumps in order to avoid using the old fashioned mouth suction.

    Firewatch in reply to snopercod. | March 20, 2020 at 9:47 am

    After I swore that my Gov. Abbott wouldn’t be as dumb as those democrat governors, he’s fallen into lockstep with them. Closed on site dining, but pickup and delivery are allowed. WTF over, who is more apt to encounter a sick person a delivery guy or someone having supper in a restaurant? How long will people put up with this panicky crap?

I am checking out Plaquenil, it is the generic form of hydroxychlorquine. It is supposedly available, for legal purchase, online.

As it happens our gov. has been testing this since Feb 7,
here, if you are interested:

Experimental: Hydroxychloroquine and conventional treatments
After randomization, subjects take hydroxychloroquine 400mg per day for 5 days, also take conventional treatments.

Does it apply to the swarm of H1-Bs at the tech companies? Many of whom live over 8 to an apartment?

Everybody keeps stressing, ‘in Italy only those with preexisting conditions have died’ line. Who over sixty does _not_ have a preexisting condition? Most have something by the time they’re thirty. History of pneumonia, diabetes, smoker, surgery, etc.

Lucifer Morningstar | March 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm

All to little way too late. And Newsome should prepare for the shitstorm to happen when Wuhan virus hits the homeless hard. And it will. It’s going to hit the homeless population hard and when it does it isn’t going to be pretty with all those stinky, dirty, dead bodies in the streets.

judgeroybean | March 20, 2020 at 2:21 pm

If Newsome thinks he can tell me to stay home I think I’ll tell him to go to hell.

    PODKen in reply to judgeroybean. | March 20, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Hey asshole … if you go out to conduct non essential business or otherwise violate the order … you should be arrested. It’s fools like you that are gonna stretch this thing out.

If I am ordered by Governor Adolf Sisolak to stay at home, I intend to file a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. I’ve already roughed out a draft of the Petition. I am under the impression that I cannot be subjected to house arrest without having been arrested, charged, etc.

texansamurai | March 21, 2020 at 6:43 pm

we lose about 135-140 people a day, EVERY day, to highway deaths–no one has stopped driving